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Rockford Christian High School Girls Varsity Cross Country finishes 1st place

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

4:30 PM





Meet Recap

The Rockford Christian girls cross country season started off strong at the Rocket Run, hosted by Rock Falls High School at Centennial Park in Rock Falls. The top five consisting of Madison Franseen (9), Carolynn Claussen (12), Andrea Zwonitzer (10), Kate Smith (12), and Cecily Holiday (9) scored a commanding 55 points, putting them in first place over a strong Amboy team (scoring 65 points). This was the first girls team victory since the 2011 NAC conference meet. It was also the first time both the girls and boys program won team titles at the same meet.

On the individiual level, the third place effort by Franseen started the team off strong with one of the strongest freshman performances in school history. Claussen, however, may have had the race of the meet. In 2014, Claussen ran 28:29 in the open race. This year, Claussen found herself in the second sport on the varsity team with the time of 21:15 — over seven minutes faster than the previous time. Third place on the varsity squad was filled by cross country newcomer Andrea Zwonitzer, an RCS track athlete and top ten performance holder in the 800m. Zwonitzer finished right behind her teammate with a 21:19 time. Fourth place was held by veteran and captain Kate Smith, with a time of 21:36 — a minute improved from 2014. The top five was rounded out with another new face to the high school team, Cecily Holiday. Her 22nd team place and time of 22:36 was the deciding blow against Amboy and lifted the RCXC girls to the first place position.

Other notable performances included senior Stefanie Walsh’s 22:49, which was over five and a half minutes faster than the previous year. Walsh also broke her stretch goal of going sub 23 minutes for three miles. It appears Ms. Walsh has a lot more potential than even she expected!

Stefanie Walsh (12) and Annika Peterson (9) closed out the top seven positions with the times of 22:49 and 24:18, respectively.

In the open race, freshman Lily Marshall came back off of a nearly month-long leg injury to compete in the open race and take third as the sole representative of the girls program. Her time of 25:57 also put her ahead of several boys in the open race.

The Royal Lions next race will be at the Oregon Open on Saturday, September 5 at Park West, Oregon.

Complete team scores and individual results can be found at


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